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    • littlerock
    • By littlerock 15th May 17, 1:53 PM
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    Moving radiators in house with concrete floors
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    • 15th May 17, 1:53 PM
    Moving radiators in house with concrete floors 15th May 17 at 1:53 PM
    My son is about to move into former council house, circa 1920s, with concrete floors. I have not yet been inside, (he gets keys next week) but looked through window and ch pipes are on outside of wall, neatly installed. He wants to move one rad initially to opposite wall. What is recommended way of doing this?
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    • ST1991
    • By ST1991 15th May 17, 2:03 PM
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    The pipes will most likely run beneath the floorboards upstairs, so should be able to be moved by removing the floorboards and redirecting them to exit against a different wall downstairs.

    Although, i'm not sure how much that would cost, it is do-able.
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 15th May 17, 3:43 PM
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    Or, if the ceiling in the room is coming down, they could be re-routed that way. I've just had mine done in the kitchen, but the ceiling was coming down anyway.
    • littlerock
    • By littlerock 17th May 17, 11:22 PM
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    Rad to be moved is in the front room downstairs opposite the window. Want to relocate rad under the window in order to put bookshelves on the wall where rad is now. No plans to do any other structural work in the room.
    • Sambella
    • By Sambella 18th May 17, 12:23 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 12:23 AM
    My house has concrete floors.

    Really you need to get in the house and see where all the pipework is.

    My radiator under the window in the living room is fed from pipes in my hallway. These go through the wall near the door and it then goes along one wall and then onto the next wall where the window is. All boxed in with skirting a bit deeper than usual. If there is a radiator in the hallway you might be able to do this.

    Other option is as mentioned below, reroute pipes under upstairs floor to run down. These will need boxing in.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 18th May 17, 12:31 AM
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    Probably a bad idea efficiency wise.

    Sometimes there is no other choice but radiators under windows mean a lot of the heat will go out the window.

    Last house had 2 not under windows. This one has just 2 under. it is much cheaper to heat.

    Just a thought.
    Last edited by Carrot007; 18-05-2017 at 12:38 AM. Reason: now to not!
    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 18th May 17, 6:48 AM
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    Probably a bad idea efficiency wise.

    Sometimes there is no other choice but radiators under windows mean a lot of the heat will go out the window.

    Last house had 2 not under windows. This one has just 2 under. it is much cheaper to heat.

    Just a thought.
    Originally posted by Carrot007

    I always thought the convention was to purposely locate radiators under windows to stop a cold draught being caused as the window cools the air next to it.

    https://www.first-utility.com/the-utility-room/energy-uncovered/radiators-under-windows
    • lush walrus
    • By lush walrus 18th May 17, 7:04 AM
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    • 18th May 17, 7:04 AM
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    I always thought the convention was to purposely locate radiators under windows to stop a cold draught being caused as the window cools the air next to it.

    https://www.first-utility.com/the-utility-room/energy-uncovered/radiators-under-windows
    Originally posted by thescouselander
    Yes you are right, heating should always be placed underneath or close as possible to windows. Heat rises and cold air falls therefore the two mix at the window and the air is temperate.
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 18th May 17, 9:17 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 9:17 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 9:17 PM
    Probably a bad idea efficiency wise.

    Sometimes there is no other choice but radiators under windows mean a lot of the heat will go out the window.

    Last house had 2 not under windows. This one has just 2 under. it is much cheaper to heat.

    Just a thought.
    Originally posted by Carrot007
    Rubbish - radiators are actually about 70% convective and 30% radiation despite the name, so a position under the window is the preferred option efficiency and heat distribution wise.

    Your current house may be cheaper to run but it's not because of this.
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